I think anyone that has complaints about the Grand Hyatt is probably being a bit nit-picky - it offers everything as billed: clean, big rooms (at least our 2BR was spacious), good service, nice pool. It is a business hotel and in that way somewhat sterile in terms of character, but a nice, comfortable place to come home to after a long day touring. Walkable to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. If you're open the Metro, it's right outside the Dong Dan stop.
My only small complaint is that the breakfast buffet does not open until a bit later (7am?) - we ordered a la carte in order to catch an early ride to the Great Wall, but the a la carte breakfast took forever to come as they were setting up for the buffet. So just leave plenty of time.
We tried the food at Made in China - it gets universally good reviews but I thought it was just fine if not really expensive for what it is. I did find the mall downstairs convenient for groceries, ATM.
As a comparison, we are now back in Beijing at a serviced apartment, a much better value (which includes a full kitchen, equal if not more space, and breakfast, etc) and similar comfort but Grand Hyatt was definitely more luxurious.
One last comment - I found that when I called the front desk and / or the concierge, they never pick up the phone. So deal with whatever arrangements you need to in person before you head out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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